Summary: Got it for mining and ended up getting back into gaming. It runs hot but the fans do a good job keeping it cool. I thought it was louder than others mentioned but then I realized it was my cheap CPU fan trying to keep my AMD processor cool with all the dust that was clogging it from my room. After taking care of the dust issue, the noise went down and it was not the GPU.
Summary: Card would not work from the start in new build. Limped system to life with a GeForce 560 then swapped in the card. Thing worked well without attempting any overclocking for half of a day, then died. Another individual had the exact same experience described here. According to him the customer service is garbage as well (read the thread before buying this card...I wish I had). Looking to RMA it and delay my build by....however long their (Chin-inglish-ese?
Works awesomely. has a ton of cooling power and easily maxes all games. even CryEngine 3. (2560x1440p)
16 June 2014
Summary: When I was getting this card I had recently upgraded from 1080P to 1440P (2560x1440 pixels on my main monitor with a second monitor for things like itunes and teamspeak in 1080p, or even playing more than one game at once!). My old Gigabyte Nvidia Geforce 680 GTX was awesome though when I swapped to the higher resolution it struggled, so I thought I should look into Gigabyte again for an upgrade.
Summary: This is the first time in 20 years of this hobby that I have experienced a gfx card dying. After 3 days of use this card froze the whole computer while play bf4. It never worked again. I tried other pcie ports, re-seating, different psu cables etc etc. I could put my xfx 290x in the main slot and it turned on fine. Take that out and put this in.... Nothing..... Check out other reviews here and at the egg, this is a common problem with this brand of 290x. Stay away.
Summary: Bought two for Crossfire. Got a good result on 3D Mark Firestrike, but inconsistent framerate in Tomb Raider and Bioshock Infinite. Ran HOT, had to use a box fan to keep them from hitting >95C and throttling down or shutting the system off (I use an Antec Lanboy Air case with plenty of ventilation and 120mm fans and a Corsair 1200 watt PSU). Hashed at 650Khash/sec out of the box, worse than a stock 7970 GHz Edition or R9 280X.
Summary: I tried this video card on several configurations/PCs for video games and installed all available Catalyst drivers -including the 14.1 Beta which seems to be the best- the frame rate per second remains terrible compared to other brands of R9 290X. I would not recommend this video card to my worst enemy...or maybe to my worst enemy.
Summary: Card was quiet and installed very easily into my case. Booted fine and the driver installed fine. After 10 minutes of gaming the card would lock up windows 8.1 and the game. Sometimes crashing to desktop and sometimes locking up everything. Perhaps I received a bad sample, but my GTX Titan has been rock solid for 12 months, so I am going to stick with that.
Summary: I built my system based around this card. I7 4770k CPU Maximus VI Formula MB 480GB SSD 16 GB 2400 RAM AX860i PSU ***EDITs*** *** Card wouldn't recognize to the system when installed. Loaded Windows thru the on board video*** I go to the BIOS and change it to PCIE, won't go. Fiddle with it (Bios), redo the setting a few times, it finally took after a few hours and for almost two days it worked flawlessly.
Summary: Fast video card but gets really loud under full load. I tried to install a water cooler but the gpu board is bigger then the reference board and no cooler will fit. It helps to adjust the max temp and fan speeds but you will lose FPS.